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- House of Commons discusses practical science in schools
There have been a number of concerns and objections to the model put forward by Ofqual for the assessment of practical skills in A level science. In response to these objections the science and technology committee invited a number of organisations, including ASE, to discuss possible alternatives.
- Review investigates effective Initial Teacher Training
The Government has launched its review of Initial Teacher Training in England. The independent review, led by Sir Andrew Carter will investigate the effective training of the next generation of outstanding teachers. As part of the review, a call for evidence seeking the views of stakeholders has been launched and ASE is asking members to contribute their views.
- Meet Chris Harrison - ASE's new Chair
Today we welcome the new Chair of the Association, assessment for learning guru and co-author of “Working inside the Black Box” - Chris Harrison. Chris writes about her experience as an ASE member and what she intends to do in her role as Chair of the Association for Science Education.
- Annual Conference 2015 - Working with partners to support science education
Every year, the ASE Annual Conference brings together an amazing community of teachers, technicians and education professionals for a series of inspiring talks, sessions, and workshops. We’re excited that our annual conference will be returning to the University of Reading from 7th to 10th January 2015.
- Children take learning into their own hands in the Great Bug Hunt 2014
The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced. This year’s competition was supported by the Royal Entomological Society.
- ASE Elections -the results are in
We are delighted to announce the election results for 2014/2015 and give a warn welcome to the new Chair-elect of the Association and newly elected members of ASE's Council, Assembly and Committees.
- ASE members talk to Ofqual on GCSE and A level reform
Following talks with Ofqual, ASE members discuss the rationale behind assessment reforms and raise questions about science enquiry skills, the use of written examinations to test practical skills and opportunities for extended investigation.
- Major report envisages 20 year roadmap for science education
ASE welcomes a major report published today that seeks to raise the level of scientific and mathematical skills and knowledge in the UK. The report calls for support for the teaching profession and the requirement for students to study science and maths up until the age of 18.
- Creationism taught in science lessons - ASE President Alice Roberts calls for action
If you missed it this week, check out BBC2 Newsnight as ASE President, Dr Alice Roberts in an interview with Jeremy Paxman discusses creationism being taught in biology lessons and whether the government should introduce standards for independent schools.
- ASE releases statement on the position of practical work in the secondary science curriculum.
ASE calls for funding, research and development of more rigorous and valid assessments throughout the 11-19 phases in order to support the practical aspects of science learning.